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Google Launches Public DNS

 5:34 pm on Dec 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google Launches Public DNS [googleblog.blogspot.com]
Today, as part of our ongoing effort to make the web faster, we're launching our own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS, and we invite you to try it out.

If you're web-savvy and comfortable with changing your network settings, check out the Google Code Blog for detailed instructions and more information on how to set up Google Public DNS on your computer or router.

As people begin to use Google Public DNS, we plan to share what we learn with the broader web community and other DNS providers, to improve the browsing experience for Internet users globally. The goal of Google Public DNS is to benefit users worldwide while also helping the tens of thousands of DNS resolvers improve their services, ultimately making the web faster for everyone.




 11:51 am on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)




 1:03 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Another great Google product for free. Fortunately, most users won't have a clue what this actually means to them (not that they'd be interested): More spying from Google into their surfing habits!

Now Google can track all their movements, even if these happen on pay-sites, on pr*n sites, on sites that usually are not visible to Google. And the best of it: the server that delivers the page/content can not even capture this activity. (AFAIK, the server does not see the DNS used to resolve the domain name, and hence can not deny this user access to the pages based on the fact that he uses Google DNS.)

It's time to un-google our lives. Presto.


 4:20 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I fully agree, @zett


 5:01 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Ah, an evil thought crossed my mind. Will Chrome OS be hardcoded to use also Google DNS? Probably this does not matter, because with Chrome OS they know anything you do on the Internet anyway...


 7:54 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

+1 zett


 9:50 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

More spying from Google into their surfing habits!

As opposed to spying by another DNS provider like the phone company? ("Good evening, Mr. Jones. Sorry to interrupt your dinner, but we've noticed that you were surfing at Chix-on-chix.com, and we'd like to offer you a special low rate per minute for a 1-900 talk line on that topic...")


 11:20 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)


A PCMag.com article [pcmag.com] describes what Google says it is--and isn't--doing with DNS data. In a nutshell: IP addresses are stored in a temporary log for 24 to 48 hours before being deleted; permanent logs keep "some location information (at the city/metro level)" for debugging, etc., but the data isn't used for other purposes and is deleted after about two weeks (except for a small subset chosen at random for permanent storage).


 11:48 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Every time I see someone here post about what google says it is or is doing ..or links to a google statement..

I think of Lenin ..and what he said about "those who are useful to the cause" :)


 1:11 am on Dec 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

What "cause"? Google has introduced a DNS service for people who might find it useful. Nobody's being forced to try it, so what's the point of getting worked up about it--or of making snide remarks about Webmaster World members who are inclined to say, as Freud might have said, "sometimes a DNS service is just a DNS service"?


 3:20 am on Dec 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

What's everyone complaining about?

It's a another free service from former NSA employee and Google co-founder Sergey Brin. It just like a free cell phone where all phone calls are monitored.

I guess it was just fashionable to be concerned about 'Big Brother' (voluminous email, maps, clicks, cookies, voice mail, telephone numbers, searches, bank account data/credit card info, desktop, DNS, ads -- personally identifiably data that Google vacuums up daily) during the Bush years.


 3:56 am on Dec 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

I guess it was just fashionable to be concerned about 'Big Brother

The NSA has the ability to tap into anyone's e-mail, police departments around the world are watching people with closed-circuit video cameras, credit-card companies know more about you than the FBI does, your mobile phone can be tapped, your ISP has access to every data packet that goes back and forth between your computers and the Internet, and you're obsessing about a DNS resolver that you don't even have to use?


 4:08 am on Dec 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

I trust Google more than I trust my ISP. That is not to say that I trust Google. Yet, all is relative.


 9:46 pm on Dec 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well, I guess that if they're gonna tamper with the default connectivity in their apps (Chrome, Google OS, etc) it's better that they force ignorant users through their DNS rather than a proxy. At least then they can only be accused of knowing what domains you visit, rather than being accused of actually being able to see every unencrypted packet that passes through your connection.

Still, I can't trust one company with so much personal data. Companies have a habit of getting bigger and greedier, and there's no guarantee on how the data might be used in future.


 4:41 pm on Dec 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

If anyone interested how fast it is, search for dns benchmark. I found one little utility that measure speed of various dns and show results. For me gDNS not fastest one. Third place after )))

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